October 16, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

High school math courses and college attendance in two generations

Percent distribution of high school students born in 1957–1964 and 1980–1984 by the highest level of mathematics courses taken
Highest high school mathematics level Born in 1957–1964 Born in 1980–1984

Calculus

2.1 11.2

Precalculus, trigonometry, and advanced math

8.3 23.6

Algebra 2

22.8 27.9

Algebra and geometry

40.6 26.9

General math, consumer math, and pre-algebra

26.4 10.4

These data are featured in the TED article, High school math courses and college attendance in two generations.

Percent of persons born in 1957–1964 and 1980–1984 who attended college by the highest level of high school mathematics courses taken
Highest high school mathematics level Born in 1957–1964 Born in 1980–1984

Total

53.0 67.0

Calculus

2.0 11.0

Precalculus, trigonometry, and advanced math

7.4 21.6

Algebra 2

17.1 19.5

Algebra and geometry

20.8 12.3

General math, consumer math, and pre-algebra

5.7 2.6

These data are featured in the TED article, High school math courses and college attendance in two generations.

 

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